- Provide necessary information to all the international students of NU on their study, life, and cultural adjustments, and offer adequate advice, guidance and counseling related to them.
- Promote the education to understand the diverse cultures on campus, through classes, extracurricular activities, seminars, etc., and contribute to nurturing of people who can think and act globally.
- Improve the research and life environment of the university, where international students and other members of diverse backgrounds can study and work together.
- Promote exchange between communities and international students, contributing to the internationalization of the communities.
- Develop research activities on issues related to the above.
History of the Establishment of ACS
Nagoya University has been consolidating a support system for international students, by establishing the ECIS (Education Center for International Students) in April 1993, and the International Student Advising Office in January 2004. This Office and the Advising & Resource Services of the ECIS served as 1. the representative office for consultations from/regarding NU international students, 2. the center for promotion of internationalization of NU and the local communities, 3. the liaison office for the university school's and graduate school's international student advising offices.
In the 2008 academic year, there was a plan to integrate the International Student Advising Office into the Center for Student Counseling as one of its sections specializing in supporting international students. However, since the university decided to apply for the nation-wide international proguram "Global 30" for further internationalization, and re-structuring and strengthening of international offices was foreseen, the integration of the advising and counseling centers was made in an unofficial manner, without any amendment in their regulations. The International Student Advising Office, thus, continued to function independently for two years more until 2011.
In 2011, by the establishment of the G30 program, the university began to receive international students in its program conducted in English, and aimed to double the number of international students to 3,000 by the year 2020. For the further consolidation of support systems to benefit international students, and also for unification of international supporting offices easily recognized by students and staff, it turned out that the ISA was not integrated into the Center for Student Counseling. nstead the ISA got integrated into the ECIS. The integrated office was called Advising & Counseling Services (ACS) of the ECIS, and began promoting more centralized support to benefit international students.
Moreover, the offices related to international education and exchange were restructured in October 2013. The ECIS was reorganized as the International Education and Exchange Center (IEEC) and International Language Center (ILC). The ACS made its new start as one of the departments of the IEEC. The newly established Social Services Office joined the ACS, which offers academic support to international students with disabilities. The role of career support services has been taken separately from the ACS, in the Career Services Office.
The ACS is committed to multi-cultural education, in which students with a wide range of backgrounds, with a diversity of languages, cultures, religions, and with/without disabilities, can study and work together. In the ACS the faculty and staff strive for realizing these activities and conducting research, aiming to develop the campus and community environment with multicultural conviviality.